Howard Scott was born in West Virginia on the 1st of April, 1890, the only child of a 19th century American logging baron. He was a child prodigy who read (and understood) evolutionary biology by the time he was four years old. As well as a prodigious intellect, he had a marvelous physique, and by the time he attended the state university in West Virginia, his six foot frame made him as adept at football as engineering. He kicked the longest punt in the university's history, and to his chagrin was more hailed for that feat than his academic record. His father's untimely death cut short his university education, and he became a practicing engineer.
The predominant intellectual influence on Scott was J. Willard Gibbs (1839 - 1903), the Yale Professor of Mathematical Physics. Although he never had the opportunity to meet Gibbs, he did get to know most of Gibbs' students. He read all of Gibbs work, and mastered the innovative mathematical technique that Gibbs pioneered to represent the thermodynamics of phase changes in physical chemistry, namely linear vector analysis. Scott has the cognitive capacity to mentally calculate linear vector analysis with six factors, an ability that made him one in a billion.
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Interesting take on Howard Scott by William Sheridan.
William Sheridan knew Scott personally.
Sheridan preferred other answers ultimately to the questions posed by Scott and the Technical Alliance, however, it is apparent in Sheridan's essay on Scott, that he deeply admired Scott also.